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State Senators Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) and Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), together with state Representatives Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) and Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), today urged the legislature to study the progress and challenges of African Americans in Ohio.

“Our state is stronger when we work together to solve problems that disproportionately impact certain segments of our population,” said Rep. Sykes, who serves as OLBC’s secretary. “Too often, lawmakers hyperfocus on new laws that only work in small pockets of our state but that create greater challenges for more Ohioans – especially African Americans – in the long run. By seriously examining who we are and what we’re doing as a state, we can grow jobs, strengthen healthcare and ensure all Ohioans have the tools they need for a better life.”

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Tue, Dec 11, 2018
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State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) last week honored the Archbishop Hoban High School football team for winning their fourth straight championship with a Resolution on the Ohio House floor. The Archbishop Hoban Knights won 42 to 28 against the Massillon Washington Tigers to win the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II State Football Championship.

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Mon, Dec 10, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized the week of Dec. 1 through Dec. 7 as Crohn’s disease and Colitis Awareness Week. Crohn’s and Colitis are known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). The goal of Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week is to raise awareness and educate the public about IBD, recognize those affected by Crohn’s and colitis and those who provide support for patients suffering from the conditions.   

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Mon, Dec 3, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the passage of House Bill (HB) 505, a bill that designates the month of November as “Ohio Adoption Awareness Month”. The bill, joint sponsored with Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland), aims to make citizens aware of available resources that support families and children throughout the adoption process.

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Mon, Nov 19, 2018

The Republican-controlled Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 258, legislation that would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy— long before most women even know they are pregnant.

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Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Ohio House Democratic state lawmakers today voted against House Bill (HB) 228, the so-called Stand Your Ground bill, a Republican-sponsored effort to loosen gun safety standards by reducing firearm offenses, making it harder to prosecute gun violence cases and preempting local authority to enact commonsense safety protections for Ohio families.

“At a time where our country is plagued by gun violence and shootings of unarmed African Americans, passing Stand Your Ground legislation is complete disregard for the safety of all Ohioans. Removing the duty to retreat provision validates race-based fear as a defense for using deadly force,” said House Minority Whip Emilia Sykes (D-Akron). “Once again, the Republican majority is putting the special interests of their financial backers first instead of prioritizing the issues that matter to Ohio’s families.”

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Wed, Nov 14, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) yesterday provided sponsor testimony on House Bill (HB) 555 before the House Criminal Justice Committee. The bill, joint sponsored with Representative Thomas West (D-Canton), allows for an offender to apply to the court for a reduction in their penalty, if the penalty for that crime is later reduced by legislation. The offender must meet certain criteria for eligibility; any non-violent offense will qualify.

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Wed, Nov 14, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today recognized the month of November as National Family Caregivers Month. The Family Caregiver Alliance defines a family caregiver as “any relative, partner, friend or neighbor who has a significant personal relationship with, and provides a broad range of assistance for, an older person or an adult with a chronic or disabling condition.” This year’s theme is “Supercharge Your Caregiving” to highlight how family members can utilize support tools to improve the quality of life for their loved one and make their job easier as a caregiver.

“It can be challenging caring for a relative while completing daily tasks. Luckily, with the advent of new technology to check vital signs, access online patient records, and connect with support groups, these challenges can be decreased.” said Sykes. “In the General Assembly, it is important we recognize the work of family givers and provide support to services such as respite care.”

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Fri, Nov 9, 2018
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State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today received the 2018 Elected Official of the Year Award on behalf of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4A). The award recognizes an elected official who demonstrates a commitment to policy that meets the needs of the elderly and people with disabilities. Sykes accepted the award during O4A’s annual conference it holds for its members and related organizations. 

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Fri, Nov 2, 2018

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today wished for safe trick or treating as cities across Ohio are set to celebrate Halloween this weekend leading up to Wednesday, October 31st. The City of Akron announced its annual “Trick or Treat Night” for Saturday, Oct. 27from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

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Fri, Oct 26, 2018